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Lakeland playground named a "Real Field of Dreams"
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Lakeland playground named a "Real Field of Dreams"

Lakeland, FL -- Lakeland's Sunflower Preschool Playground in Barnett Family Park has been named the winner of the Synthetic Turf Council's "Real Field of Dreams" contest.

The first multi-colored grass playground nationwide, Sunflower Preschool Playground is the newest addition at Barnett Family Park on Lake Mirror that is specifically designed for children 3-5 years old. The park features age appropriate equipment that provides maximum early childhood developmental and play opportunities.

“We were very honored and surprised last year when Common Ground Park was announced as the grand prize winner of the Real Field of Dreams Contest by the Synthetic Turf Council but now to have two of our parks recognized as Field of Dream winners is unbelievable," Bill Tinsley, Director of the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department said in a release. “I believe we are the only Parks Department that has been recognized two consecutive years through the Real Field of Dreams program.”

The development and funding of Sunflower Preschool Playground is modeled after the successful Common Ground that continues to provide inclusive play for thousands of children each week.  Sunflower Playground is the second community lead parks project for the City of Lakeland.

The Synthetic Turf Council created its annual Search for the Real Field of Dreams to recognize the power that synthetic turf has to transform the lives of youth and enhance public wellness. 

Independent judges for the 2011 search included Lisa Speckhardt of Landscape Architecture magazine, Christine Sima of Parks and Rec Business and Ron Hall, of TURF Magazine.

Visit www.syntheticturfcouncil.org to review the full story on each winner.

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